Realized that I had not posted #2..
Made the decision after this little piece to forget trying to piece and to move ahead with layering my fabric with fusible web or glue.
Credit to Kate Beaton for her adorable sketch of "wee Carl Linnaeus " that I used with free motion stitching. Check out her site: Hark! A Vagrant.
The Linnaeus Garden is in Uppsala Sweden . Carl developed a method for the classification of the plant kingdom. (Your history and science lesson for today).